Seattle organizations offer assistance as DACA deadline looms

Immigrants whose coverage by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will expire by March 15 face an Oct. 5 deadline to apply for renewal.
Sep 19, 2017

Hundreds in Seattle rally in support of DACA

Hundreds gathered at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle hours after the Trump administration announced the pending end of DACA.
Sep 6, 2017

Trump ends DACA

The program allowed young people who arrived in the United States as children without documentation to live and work without fearing deportation.
Sep 5, 2017

Seattle area reacts to the Supreme Court’s revival of Trump’s travel ban

Seattle organizations and state government officials were disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision to reinstate parts of President Trump's travel ban.
Jun 26, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court revives Trump’s travel ban

The partial reinstatement is in anticipation of a full hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court in October on the lawfulness of Trump's travel ban.

Judges focus on discrimination, Trump’s powers in travel ban case

U.S. appeals court judges asked lawyers whether President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban discriminates against Muslims.
May 15, 2017

Courts block revised Trump travel ban; president vows to appeal

A judge found "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion."
Mar 16, 2017

Trump signs revised travel ban

Immigration advocates said the new ban still discriminated against Muslims and failed to address some of their key concerns with the previous order.
Mar 6, 2017
Campaign posters of Mahinda Rajapaksa with the eyes scratched out. (Photo by Indi Samarajiva)

I fled to the U.S. after my government threatened my life. Trump’s got me worried.

What can America learn from the successes and failures of Sri Lankans who opposed a corrupt, racist, power hungry president?
Feb 15, 2017
A blanket protest against Putin's government brought tens of thousands of protesters to the streets in central Moscow in September 2012. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

The US in 2017 is starting to remind me of Russia in 2012

Former Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev sees parallels between the early stages of the Trump administration and Putin's rise to power. He makes a convincing case.
Feb 9, 2017

Somali man greeted at SeaTac during court-ordered hold on Trump travel ban

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will decide on Tuesday whether to reinstate Trump's travel ban.
Feb 6, 2017

This is not a test

The U.S. has a history of persecution and unlawful detention of minority residents. That's why Japanese Americans should stand up for Muslims today.
Jan 30, 2017

Thousands in Seattle protest for a second night against Trump’s immigration policies

The demonstration in Westlake Park on Sunday came a day after a protest at Sea-Tac airport against President Donald Trump's immigration ban.
Lorena Gonzalez at a press conference at Seattle Center, before being sworn in to the Seattle City Council. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Seattle ‘Welcoming City’ resolution includes plan for push back on federal orders

A "Welcoming City" resolution reinforces Seattle's commitment to immigrants — including forming a team specifically to respond to federal orders.
Jan 29, 2017

Sea-Tac protest follows Trump travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries

Trump’s order blocked holders of green cards and visas from entering the United States. Protesters gathered at airports nationwide, including at SeaTac.

Trump expected to order a temporary ban on refugees

Another executive order anticipated from Trump would block visas for anyone from Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.
Jan 25, 2017
A family talks with a volunteer about any potential red flags regarding their citizenship application at a 2016 citizenship workshop held by the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. (Photo by Alabastro Photography)

Seattle kicks off Trump era with legal help for immigrants

As Trump gets sworn into office on Inauguration Day, volunteer lawyers in Seattle will be helping local immigrants plan for an uncertain future.
Jan 4, 2017

Trump transition memo offers glimpse into immigration, border plans

The request included assessment of the capacity to build a border wall and to expand immigrant detention.
Jan 3, 2017

Trump inauguration looms for DACA, undocumented students

Thousands protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Washington face an uncertain future under the impending Trump administration.
Dec 27, 2016
(Photo from Flickr by Peter Guthrie)

Reflections on the ‘real America’ from inside the Seattle bubble

I didn’t know until recently that I'm a member of the ‘Democratic urban elite,' living in a bubble that doesn’t represent the ‘real America.’
Dec 21, 2016